Buck Mountain Trail

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Buck Mountain Trail is a 5.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Pilot Knob, New York that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
5.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2024 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

The first mile of the hike is on a primarily wide trail with a slight grade. There is an intersection that leads to several other summits not too far in - be sure to maintain your trail markers. The descent through mile 2 becomes steeper and has rocky sections with a few easy stream crossings. The views slowly start to come during the last mile or so of the hike as the canopy recedes and the rocky scrambles begin. Some of the scrambles may require a hands on approach so car should be taken with the younger hikers. The view from the summit is well worth the hike. Tons of blueberries near the summit in early summer. Tend to go fast due to heavy foot traffic that same time of year.

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Steep incline made for a good cardio workout with amazing views

The trailhead/parking is easily seen by the big sign on road. The trail was nice and wide and well marked. There are some little rivers on the way so my pup got to cool off and drink which was nice. The views up top are remarkable. Make sure you check out all 3 look outs.

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We had a great time hiking this. The hike started off pretty easy but once it became steep, it was REALLY steep. Great views of the lake at the top!

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This is a great half day hike- short enough to do in an afternoon (and not too far of a drive) but long enough and difficult enough to get a great workout. Views from the top (both the big rock facing Lake George and the actual summit) were beautiful. The first half of the uphill was not very challenging- second half had some steep inclines and rocky sections. I was glad to have boots and trekking poles. It took me about 1 hour 40 to reach the top (at a fairly slow pace) but because of the steep upper section it took me a while to come back down. I totaled around 4 hours including a nice break at the top. -1 star for lots of bugs and lots of people. I imagine an early morning start would help with both of these.

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